Penang Hill and Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple Afternoon Tour
Drive to the Georgetown station where you board the Penang Hill Railway, a funicular train that takes approximately 20 minutes to climb Penang Hill, Malaysia's oldest hill station. During the ride, look for monkeys and other creatures that live in the lush forest. At the summit, situated 2,695 feet (821 meters) above Georgetown, enjoy the cooler air and panoramic views of the lush mountains and city below.
Then hop back in your vehicle to visit Kek Lok Si. Also known as the Pagoda of Ten Thousand Buddhas, Kek Lok Si is considered one of the largest and most impressive Buddhist temples in Southeast Asia. Built in 1890 by a Chinese Buddhist immigrant, Kek Lok Si remains an important cornerstone of the Malay-Chinese community. Carved into the slope of Air Itam, close to Penang Hill, the temple features a seven-tiered pagoda with a combination of Chinese, Thai and Burmese craftsmanship and architectural features.
Your guide shows you around the vast temple complex, pointing out important features including a bronze statue of Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, that stands 99 feet (30 meters) tall. Stop at the Pond of Longevity, where hundreds of tortoises live after being set free by devotees; your guide explains how tortoises represent longevity, endurance and strength in Chinese culture.
At the end of a fascinating 4-hour tour, your guide returns you to your hotel or the cruise port.
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Tour departs from selected Penang hotels and cruise port
Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.
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Pickup from Port
Tour commence from your arrival port in Penang; Tour Type - Private
USD $75.31Pricing details
Pickup from Hotel
Tour commence from your Penang hotel; Tour Type - SIC
USD $53.23Pricing details
Kek Lok Si Buddhist Temple
- Professional guide
- Entrance fees
- Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
- Ride on a funicular tram
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Gratuities (optional)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Vehicles are collapsible wheelchair accessible, however the driver is unable to assist passengers boarding and disembarking due to insurance regulations
- Please wear comfortable walking shoes
Reviewed by: chris F, April 2015
Lovely tour with Lawrence as our guide he was great and very informative
Reviewed by: Kathleen A, September 2014
I lived in Penang in the late 70's so it was great to be able to see some of the old sites again. However I must say the hi light of this tour was our tour director Phillip, he was outstanding.